Wright County Board Minutes


NOVEMBER 23, 1999

The Wright County Board met in regular session at 9:00 A.M. with Mattson, Eichelberg, Sawatzke, Jude, and Russek present.

Russek moved to approve the minutes of 11-16-99 as presented, seconded by Mattson, carried unanimously.

Petitions were accepted to the Agenda as follows: Amend Consent Agenda Item A1 to include the Performance Appraisal for Brian Wall, MIS (Norman); Hwy. Engineer Item #5, "Discuss Intersection CSAH 30 & CSAH 8" (Mattson); Item For Consid. #4, "Letter to Department of Revenue" (Sawatzke); Item For Consid. #5, "Ag Inspector Contract" (Norman); Item For Consid. #6, "4th Floor Tour" (Russek): Item For Consid. #7, "Update on Omega Sprinkler Recall-Jail Facility" (Norman). Russek moved to approve the Agenda as amended, seconded by Jude, carried 5-0.

On a motion by Eichelberg, second by Russek, all voted to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:


1. Performance Appraisals: J. Olson, Ct. Admin.; B. Peterson, Ct. Serv.; B. Wall, MIS.

2. Claim, Frank Madden, $4,046.63.

3. Claim, MCIT, $2,195.79, Deductible, Moody v. Wright County.

4. Claim, MCIT, $2,500.00, Deductible, GLSA v. Wright County.

5. Acknowledge Reappointment by MACA of Richard Norman as Representative on MCIT Board of Directors, Two-Year term.


1. Claim, DL Painting & Wallcovering Inc., $50.00 (Fund 34 - PWB).

2. Claim, Aqua Green Lawns, $2,876.60 (Fund 34 - PWB).

3. Claim, E.M. Branstrom Assoc., $25,349.00 (Heritage Center).


1. Accept Resignation, Jerry Gapinski, Highway Maintenance Person, Eff. 12-3-99 & Authorize Replacement.


1. Authorize Hire, Dawn Anderson, Clerk, Eff. 12-01-99.


1. Acknowledge Resignation, Christopher Morgan, Communications Officer, Eff. 11-22-99 & Authorize Replacement.

2. Acknowledge Appointment, Douglas Short, Deputy Sheriff, Eff. 11-29-99 (Grade 5).

3. Acknowledge Appointment, Robert Bastien, Corrections Officer, Eff. 11-15-99.

4. Refer Kitchen Temperature Problem to Building Committee for Discussion & Recommendation.

Doug Gruber, Auditor/Treasurer, requested approval of the October Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines. Mattson was concerned with the Overtime line item expenditures of approximately $70,000. He felt that departments should review and adjust their budgets if needed. Russek moved to acknowledge receipt of the October Revenue/Expenditure Guidelines, seconded by Jude, carried unanimously.

On a motion by Jude, second by Eichelberg, all voted to set 12-22-99 as the cut off for claims to be paid from the 1999 Budgets.

On a motion by Jude, seconded by Russek, all voted to approve a plat, "SCHAUFLER LANDING," as submitted by Norbert J. & Marcella M. Schaufler, husband and wife, fee owners, and Bruce A. & Jeanette M. Paulson, husband and wife, fee owners of the following described property described in part as: That part of Gov. Lot 2, Sec. 7, Twp. 120, Rge. 26, that lies westerly of the centerline of Co. Rd. 8, and part of Gov. Lot 1; with all outstanding taxes including green acres, if any, having been paid; the park dedication fee has been paid (#74086); the road has been accepted by Maple Lake Township; and the title opinion provided by Johnson & Larson has been examined by Thomas C. Zins, Assistant County Attorney, who finds the plat to be ready for recording.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to approve the claims as listed in the abstract, subject to audit.

A Building Committee Of The Whole meeting was held on 11-16-99. Jude moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0. A summary of the minutes follows:

Climate Air, Inc. Summary Report: Hayes is working on implementing some of the items from the report. Recommendation is for large items to be discussed as part of the remodeling project and incorporated into the Architect's plans.

Discuss Proposed Space Plan: Discussion included recommendations by those in attendance. General consensus was that decisions need to be reached on Phase I in order to begin work on the fourth floor and for discussion to continue on subsequent phases. The goal is to have Phase I completed over the winter months. There was support for Scott Builders to be retained as the project consultant and suggested that the County consider being the general contractor. Consensus was to have Norman contact David Hall to have two versions of the fourth floor redrawn; one with both the conference room and lunchroom on the fourth floor, and the other with the lunchroom on the fourth floor and the conference room moved to the third floor. It was recommended that Scott Builders become involved early in the process and that the architect consider heat pumps in the schematic design. The intent of the space plan is to try to accommodate space needs within the parameters of the Courthouse until 2010. At that time a major bond matures and a more extensive building project could be considered. It is anticipated that space needs would be evaluated again two to three years prior to that time.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Jude, all voted to schedule a Labor/Management Health Insurance Committee meeting for 12-22-99 at 9:00 a.m.

On a motion by Mattson, second by Eichelberg, all voted to schedule a Personnel Committee Of The Whole meeting for 12-15-99 at 9:00 a.m.

The County currently has a contract with Ken Johnson to perform the County Ag Inspector Services which will expire in December, 1999. Jude moved to refer renewal of the contract to the Ways & Means Committee to meet with Johnson. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

A tour of the fourth floor of the Government Center will occur at 11:30 a.m. with members of the County Board, the County Attorney and the Court Services Director.

Richard Norman, County Coordinator, stated that the Omega sprinkler heads have all been replaced in the Jail due to a recall. Correspondence was received last week from Central Sprinkler Company in Pennsylvania along with a check for $1,040.00 toward replacement of the 208 sprinkler heads. The letter claims that Wright County will be eligible for distributions from a trust fund set up for the recall. This was provided as an informational item.

Wayne Fingalson, Highway Engineer, requested approval of an agreement and resolution relating to the traffic control signal in St. Michael at TH 241/CSAH 35 at CSAH 19. The agreement between Mn/DOT, Wright County and the City of St. Michael identifies participation in the cost, maintenance and operation of the signal. Jude moved to adopt Resolution #99-63, seconded by Eichelberg, carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Relating to the same project, bids were opened on 11-2-99. Fingalson recommended award of Contract 9910 to the low bidder, Electrical Installation & Maintenance at $73,000.00 contingent upon approval of the Agreement at the St. Michael City Council meeting tonight. Eichelberg moved to approve the recommendation, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

The City of Buffalo requests a portion of CR 134 be turned over to their jurisdiction. The roadway lies between the new intersection with Pulaski Road and the former intersection in the City. The realignment was a result of work associated with the "Roberts Ridge" development. As part of the plat approval for the development, the County required the installation of a 30-mph curve at the intersection of CR 134 and the old connection. This improvement will not be completed until Spring and was an oversight between the City and the developer. Currently, there is a 20-mph curve with a stop sign in place. Approval of the resolution revoking the portion of the road would be to allow proper signing and maintenance activities to be addressed. Maintenance of that portion of the road would become the City's responsibility. Russek moved to adopt Resolution #99-64 revoking the portion of CR 134 between the relocated intersection point with Pulaski Road and the former intersection point with Pulaski Road (0.12 mile segment) to the City of Buffalo. Mattson seconded the motion and it carried 5-0 on a roll call vote.

Fingalson requested that the 11-30-99 Transportation Committee Of The Whole meeting agenda be amended to include the following: 1) Discuss proposal from developer for alignment changes to CSAH 7 in City of Clearwater & review appraisals for "extra" right of way; 2) Discuss City of Monticello Issues; 3) Requests from Cities of Otsego and Rockford - Discuss Policies on Street Lighting and Emergency Vehicle Sign Lighting; 4) Discuss options for Delano Maintenance District; 5) Discuss utility relocation issue for CSAH 19; 6) Update on various projects; 7) Discuss Mn/DOT policy on traffic signal funding. Fingalson indicated that Clearwater representatives will arrive at the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Due to a prior commitment, Jude indicated that he would need to leave the meeting at 11:30 a.m. that day and wanted the meeting to adjourn at that time. Sawatzke responded that although he respected Jude's request to be involved in discussions, he did not feel it was appropriate to adjourn a meeting at a time specific. Fingalson was directed to assign times to each Agenda item. Jude moved to accept the Transportation Committee Of The Whole Agenda as amended and also to have the meeting end at 11:30 a.m., seconded by Russek, carried 4-1 with Sawatzke casting the nay vote. Sawatzke voted against the motion due to the set adjourn time.

At 9:34 a.m., a Public Hearing was held for the purpose of review of a petition for the right to make minor alterations or changes to County Ditch 38 as requested by Elwyn Tinklenberg, State Commissioner of Transportation. Bob Nibbe, District Hydraulics Engineer, was present today on behalf of the State. He stated that seven miles of reconstruction is due to be let in March 2000 involving reconstruction of the road bed. Mn/DOT proposes to replace the 14" pipe with a 15" RCP and inspection tees on each side of the road. The new pipe will be laid on approximately the existing elevation unless the existing pipe is discovered to be depressed to an inoperable elevation. If no operable tile line is located, the new pipe will be installed at an operable elevation and capped at each end so a tile line can be connected in the future. Nibbe said that the state has been unable to locate the tile in the field but water problems have resulted as seen in aerial photos.

Mattson voiced concern with previous work the State has done and questioned whether they would take care of problems which may result from the proposed improvements. Nibbe responded that the existing pipe is plugged and that by replacing it, the natural flow will be to the North and East. He said that with the reconstruction of TH 12, they have run into field tile lines all the way into the Twin Cities. The State is working with farmers and the DNR on establishing lake elevations along the corridor. Reconstruction of TH 12 has not occurred since the 1930s and there is tile right up to the roadway. Nibbe said they will try to reestablish water flow to the Northeast but did not know how the ditch functioned through the Railroad and lower areas to the Northeast.

Cliff Duske said he owns property to the North side of TH 12. He said his prior dealings with the State have been unpleasant. He felt the tile being plugged may be due to utility work. He was concerned with where the water will flow and referenced current flooding problems behind K & K Recycling. Duske showed Nibbe the current flow of the water. Mattson referenced flooding problems in the City of Montrose, noting that the water from Montrose flows to this same area. He suggested that Mn/DOT notify and work with the property owners in the area, Marysville Township and Woodland Township. He did not think that the DNR had notified the Townships of the Public Hearing. When questioned by Sawatzke, Nibbe said he did not know the rate of water flow with changing from a 14" pipe to a 15" pipe.

Kenneth Segler stated he did not want any more water on his property. Several years ago, he experienced a flooded meadow. He lives Northeast of Duske.

Jan Fischer said her land is West of Duske on the North side. She felt that the pipe should be hooked up to the culvert.

Gloria Janikula, Woodland Township Clerk, requested that the Township be notified of future hearings.

Nibbe said that work outside of the right of way is a County ditch function. Nibbe requested the Board approve today the replacement of the pipe under the roadway. The Board could consider replacement of the pipe and have the ends capped in the interim. He said the SWCD has reviewed the project but did not have their analysis available today. Mattson moved to close the Public Hearing at 10:04 a.m. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek. Mattson moved to lay this issue over for three weeks so Mn/DOT can meet with the SWCD, Townships, Ditch Committee and residents. The Auditor/Treasurer was directed to set the meeting. Motion carried 5-0 on a second by Russek.

At 10:06 a.m., the Public Hearing was held relating to the Solid Waste Debt Service Charge for the Year 2000. The payable amount for 2000 on the bonds for the Compost Facility, including principal and interest, is $1,296,880.00. It is required by Statute that 5% be added to that amount for a total of $1,361,724.00. In 1999 there were approximately 33,300 properties assessed at $42.00. For payable 2000, the estimate is 34,250 properties which relates to an assessment of approximately $40.00 per parcel. Considerable discussion ensued on use of the Compost Facility. Jude felt that the Facility should be used to lower the debt service, whether that is by renting space for storage, etc. He thought that the SWTF and Attorneys Office should work with legislators to present something during the next Legislative Session. Sawatzke responded that during the past few months, the County Board had voted to use the Facility for collection of household hazardous waste. Jude said the collection area will only take up a 24' x 24' space and that remaining space could be used differently. He gave the suggestion of boat storage. Russek noted that the Compost Facility was not zoned for boat storage and that the County could not treat itself differently. Jude felt that the public may vote, if given the opportunity, to approve a conditional use permit allowing this use. Sawatzke pointed out that storage of boats would only reduce the debt service by a slight amount, resulting in an approximate $1.00/parcel savings. In addition, that would nullify the tax exempt status that the Facility currently holds resulting in higher interest rates on the bonds. Mattson moved to close the public hearing at 10:18 a.m., seconded by Russek, carried 5-0.

Russek moved to adopt Resolution #99-65 establishing the Solid Waste Debt Service Charge at $40.00 per parcel for the Year 2000, seconded by Mattson. Eichelberg stated that although the County has an obligation to repay the debt, he did not feel the County had been active in trying to pursue another avenue of use for the Facility. Jude echoed and said he would vote against the motion as he feels there could be a lower service charge figure than proposed. Jude referenced interest by approximately five companies for use of the Facility. He felt the Board was giving the message that they were not interested in using the Facility for anything else. Mattson requested that minutes of previous SWTF and Board meetings be researched to reflect that the Board has addressed requests. Motion carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Mattson referenced an accident at the intersection of CSAH 30 and CSAH 8 South of Waverly which involved a fatality. He cited previous accidents at this intersection and felt it was imperative to install a 4-way stop immediately. Fingalson said he has not had an opportunity to evaluate the accident history as this was petitioned onto the Agenda. He indicated that this intersection had a temporary 4-way stop during the detour of TH 12 in 1997, but this was due to the increased traffic on one leg. Fingalson said this intersection has not met the traffic engineering criteria for a 4-way stop nor the warrants, which relates to the number of right angle crashes in a year. He said there is three times as much traffic on CSAH 8 than on the west leg of CSAH 30. Fingalson said the Highway Department has received complaints on 4-way stops installed previously by action of the County Board. Bill Cordell stated that there has not been an accident in this location during the last three years. One accident which occurred was when the 4-way stop had been in place. Cordell indicated there may be liability issues if the signs are erected without meeting the guidelines of the Traffic Engineering Manual. Mattson moved to install 4-way stop signs with rumble strips at this location, seconded by Russek. Cordell indicated that there are rumble strip standards which must be met in conjunction with stop signs and that neighboring homes may be affected. Jude felt this action was emotional and although he would support the motion given supporting information, he thought it should not be passed today. Eichelberg felt it would be beneficial to receive a report back from the Highway Department before a vote was taken. Jude said he would vote against the motion due to it being petitioned onto the Agenda. Mattson and Russek amended their motion to retract the installation of the rumble strips until a report can be received from the Highway Department on their placement. Motion carried 4-1 with Jude casting the nay vote.

Asleson said staff has been monitoring proposed rule changes from the Department of Revenue which would affect the way cooperative utilities are valued. If passed, the value of cooperative utilities in Wright County would be reduced by approximately 15%. Currently, there is approximately $62.9 million in cooperative utility properties. Sawatzke said this amounts to approximately $412,000 in tax dollars which will be shifted to property owners. He thought a letter should be sent to the Department of Revenue requesting that Wright County's tax base be protected and not reduced. A meeting was held last week before the Administrative Law Judge with testimony given by counties opposed to the rule change. Eichelberg moved to have the County Assessor draft a letter to the Department of Revenue opposing the rule changes, seconded by Mattson, carried 5-0.

Ed DuBois received the Hero Award by the State Commissioner of Education at a banquet held last week. DuBois received the award for his work reporting on education and was nominated by the Buffalo High School Principal.

Bills Approved

Advanced Filing Concepts Inc 140.70

Airgas 142.13

Aladdin Temp Rite LLC 566.45

Ancom Communications Inc 1964.30

Annandale Rock Products 109.27

AT&T 310.50

Bob Barker Co 299.60

Betmar Languages Inc 1229.99

Buffalo Bituminous 414621.20

Buffalo Drug 1488.12

Catco Parts Service 766.85

CPS Technology Solutions 260.50

Crow River Tools 107.51

Data Transmission Network 1367.36

Emed Company Inc 260.60

Falls Automotive Inc & GMAC 56183.00

GE Capital Info Tech Solutions 138.27

Annette Habisch 332.24

Interstate Auto 106.50

J Craft Inc 367.75

Keepers Inc. Inc 402.00

Kustom Signals Inc 289.02

Lakeland Transmission 853.94

Lawson Products, Inc. 706.51

Loberg Plumbing & Heating Co 1431.43

MACO 600.00

Marks Standard Parts 3209.62

Matco Tools 163.69

Menards 1731.60

Midland Corporate Benefits Svc 581.75

Minncor Central 3297.48

MN GIS-LIS Conference 180.00

Cheryl Nordstrom 347.20

Office Depot 3967.04

Pioneer Rim & Wheel Co 455.82

Professional Portable Xray Inc 300.00

RDO Truck Center, Inc. 230.06

Royal Tire-St Cloud 1398.67

Ryan Motors Inc 165.99

Pat Sawatzke 814.93

Sharp Electronics 237.49

St Michael Veterinary Clinic 204.79

Standard Truck & Auto 588.18

State of MN Intertech Group 431.35

Sweeney Brothers Tractor 860.07

Teply Equipment Inc 166.48

Lori Thingvold 113.15

Total Printing 1070.34

Uniforms Unlimited 389.56

Advanced Graphic Systems Inc 324.08

Airtouch Cellular Bellevue 642.02

Albertville Body &Fender 528.05

Ancom Technical Center 192.41

Aqua Green Lawns 2876.60

Baers Body Shop 180.70

Best Disposal Services 256.61

Brown Traffic Products 127.80

Buffalo Clinic 329.00

Building Fasteners 262.62

Commissioner of Transportation 898.63

Crow River Industrial Coatings 600.00

Cub Foods 402.36

Decorative Designs Inc 175.53

Facility Systems Inc 312.00

Gateway Companies Inc 2268.46

W Grainger Inc 140.98

Identi-Kit Company 408.00

Interstate Batteries 272.43

Jerry's Frame Inc 4129.08

Kramer Electric of Watkins inc 1244.40

Lake Region Coop Oil 10469.68

LaPlant Demo Inc 424.00

Kimberly Leclaire 104.20

M-R Sign Company Inc 122.92

Marco Business Products 1729.40

Masys Corporation 2453.95

Medtox Laboratories 322.00

The Metro Group Inc 227.38

Midwest Micro 184.69

MN Dept of Health 263.75

Mobil Oil Corporation 348.53

Northern States Power Co 292.27

Dave Peterson Monticello Ford 869.40

Precision Prints of Wright Co 137.70

Professional Safety Inc 1011.93

Reliant Energy Minnegasco 119.70

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge 687.12

S & D Door Repair Ins 645.30

Seven Corners Ace Hardware 116.09

Sokkia Measuring Systems 335.47

City St Michael 752.50

Star Tribune 134.16

Structural Specialties Inc 194620.29

William Swing 102.30

Terminal Supply Co 281.49

TKDA 7651.13

Transcor America inc 255.41

University of Minnesota 180.00

US West Communications 7900.27

Zack's Inc 887.52

Wright Hennepin Electric 3223.77

52 payments less than $100 6,811.16

Final Total $766,188.24

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